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J. Stephen Ferris

Distinguished Research Professor

Degrees:B.Com., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (UCLA)

Research fields: coordination problems in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory

• interaction of economic and political processes
• government size
• fiscal policy

Selected publications:

“Is the Aggregate Size of Government in Canada Too Large?” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Vol. 173, No.4 (December 2017), pp. 723–752.

“Fixed Versus Flexible Election Cycles: Explaining Innovation in the Timing of Canada’s Election Term” (with Derek Olmstead), Constitutional Political Economy, Vol. 28, No. 2 (February 2017), pp. 117–141.

“The Duverger-Demsetz Perspective on Electoral Competitiveness and Fragmentation: with Application to the Canadian Parliamentary System, 1867–2011” (with Stanley L. Winer and Bernard Grofman), in Maria Gallego and Norman Schonfield (eds.), The Political Economy of Social Choices, New York: Springer Publishing, (September 2016). pp. 93–122.

“The Effect of Federal Government Size on Private Economic Performance in Canada: 1870–2011” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), Economic Modelling, Vol. 45, No. 2 (June, 2015). pp. 172–185.

“Government Size, Government Debt and Economic Performance with Particular Reference to New Zealand”, Economic Record, Vol. 90, No. 290 (September 2014), pp. 365–381.

“Do Canadian Business Cycle Peaks Predict Federal Election Calls?” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 29, No. 1 (March, 2013), pp. 102–118.

“What are the Significant Determinants of Entrepreneurship?” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 17, No.4 (October 2012), pp. 415–454.